Updated: Jul 6
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5) Divorce, Blending, and Co-Parenting
Our name might be “Marriage and Martinis,” but our hope is to discuss all aspects of relationships, families, and stories on our podcast. One of the most common topic requests we get is how to blend a family as painlessly as possible. This coming Monday, the awesome Naja Hall, a Master Stepfamily Coach, author, speaker, educator, and podcaster is discussing all of this with us. In just 3 years, her brand leads the millennial blended family niche and her Family & Coaching agency provides resources to over 200K adults on a daily basis. Even if you are not going through a divorce and never have, she gives so much incredible insight, including how to support someone else who might be going through these tough and oftentimes traumatic events. Adam and I both learned so much in this hour of talking, and I think our listeners will, too.
4) A Marriage Story
If you haven’t watched this Netflix movie yet, I recommend you do so before listening to Monday’s episode. After watching, I couldn’t wait to ask Naja if the disturbing portrayal of the Divorce system in this country is really as broken and problematic as it’s demonstrated in the film. While I found the movie to be slow at times, I really appreciated the way it brought to light how two seemingly amicable people entering into a separation can quickly turn against one another, all due to the detrimental laws and court practices currently in place. It’s also a great movie to watch amid award season, as it’s up for so many, including best picture at the Oscars.
3) More Resources For Blending Families and Co-Parenting
We did an awesome episode back in August with my friend Rachel (episode #77 Life After Divorce), in which she talks so openly about her experience dating and remarrying, while co-parenting her daughter with her former spouse. She discusses why she hates the term “half-sibling,” and all the successful (and some unsuccessful) ways she went about “starting over” after heartbreak.
Naja’s Facebook Communities
Naja is working tirelessly to help people blend families in the smoothest and most organic way possible. You can join one (or both) of her communities, VIP Stepmom and Blended and Black (no, you don’t have to be black to join) to receive support from other families going through similar transitions.
2) Favorite Memes From The Week….
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1) Date Night Questions: (From this upcoming Monday’s episode with Naja Hall). Note: If this week’s questions affect you on a more personal level, you may want to have this conversation in a private setting, as opposed to during a public outing like at a restaurant or friendly gathering. However, it just may be a conversation worth having, at the right time, if it is one which you have not before discussed.
In what ways have you experienced separation and/or divorce in your life? In what ways big and small has your life been altered by a couple and/or family splitting up?